Updated 12:42 PM EST, Wed, Jan 26, 2022

Cleveland Brown's Receiver Josh Gordon To Serve Year Long Suspension As Car Salesmen

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When it rains it pours, and for Cleveland Brown's wide receiver Josh Gordon, the ship is quickly sinking. After receiving a yearlong suspension from the NFL for an alleged positive drug test, Gordon is now slated to become a car salesman in the nearby Akron area. It's safe to say that this is one 'trip' that Gordon is pinching himself trying to wake up from.

ESPN's Josina Anderson was the first to announce Gordon's temporary career move. Anderson posted to Twitter: "#Browns WR Josh Gordon has a new job. He will be the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto group in Randolph, Ohio, which includes Sarchione Ford and Sarchione Chevrolet. He will be working in all aspects of their car business including as an on-floor salesman. Gordon will also be heading all of their local community efforts including with the Wounded Warriors Project. He starts this weekend."

While most NFL players of Gordon's caliber are paid extremely well, Gordon is on the wrong side of a 4-year $5 million contract. His yearlong suspension will leave him without a paycheck for the entirety of the season. On top of his financial hit, Gordon's contract with the Browns will now be extended another year due to his absence.  

Aside from needing a steady paycheck, it's unclear why Gordon is choosing to spend his year off as a car salesman. It's quite possible that the 23-year-old needs a wake up call into reality. Maybe a year of holding a day job will help Gordon understand how lucky and blessed he is to be an NFL player.

As of late, Gordon has been in a tailspin of positive drug tests and DUI's. NFL analysts and former players have cited that Gordon needs a mentor or an otherwise positive entourage that can help him make better life choices. It's incredibly sad to see one of the league's top five wide receivers sitting on the sidelines when he should be having another career year.

Gordon is not the first player to struggle with off-the-field issues, but it has gotten to the point where a decision needs to be made for better or worse. Former wide receiver Chris Carter has been extremely vocal about what Gordon needs to do in order to become a successful NFL player. Carter struggled with drug issues in his early playing days, but he was able to turn the ship around and eventually become a member of the NFL's Hall of Fame. Gordon easily has the talent to make that dream a reality, but so much of the time talent just isn't enough.

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